In a special called meeting of the Harlan Independent School Board on Wednesday night, the board announced that it had been unable to reach an agreement with the Harlan County School District on a non-resident student contract.
"It's with heavy heart and with great disappointment that I have to notify our community and our staff and our parents that we've been unable to reach an agreement with the Harlan County School District on a non-resident student contract for this school year," Superintendent David Johnson said, "and we had hoped that we'd be able to work something out, but we haven't been able to do so.
"So, my recommendation is as follows: Whereas Harlan Independent School District has been unable to reach an agreement on a non-resident student contract with the Harlan County School District for the 2003-04 school year, I recommend that we approve the appeal to the chief state school officer. ... I recommend that we appeal for resolution of the disagreement to the best interest of the individual students, and this appeal will apply to all non-resident students who attend Harlan Independent School District and reside within the Harlan County School District."
The board approved a motion to accept Johnson's recommendations unanimously.
Johnson also recommended the board approve Chenoweth Law Offices as the firm that will represent the city school district in the appeal process. That recommendation was also approved unanimously by the board.